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Chilling video of girl fleeing casts crisis in a whole new light

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Fleeing bombs, men with automatic weapons, and life in a tent city, fictional 11-year-old Lily escapes a war-torn London and traverses Europe by foot, bus, and boat en route to a refugee camp in Germany.

The harrowing video produced by international nonprofit Save the Children is based on real cases of young refugees who’ve escaped the Syrian war to seek asylum in Europe.

“The reason for putting it [the video] in the context of London is to really get across this idea: What if this were happening here to us in a developed country somewhere, be it in London or New York or Chicago?” Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children U.S. told The WorldPost. “If it happened here, people would be incredibly shocked, right?”

According to a Pew Research report published this week, a record number of children under the age of 18 arrived in Europe unaccompanied last year — 96,000 in all. Many of these children face bleak conditions during their journeys, including the danger of drowning, long-term mental trauma, and the potential for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Read the full story at the World Post.

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